Discovering Golfing Delights in Bucaramanga

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Ruitoque Golf and Country Club

On the outskirts of the capital of Santander department is Ruitoque Golf and Country Club which offers accommodation, sports, and social facilities. 

The golf course is listed as one of the best in Latin America and among the best five in Colombia, according to the American magazine Golf Digest in 2016. Major tournaments and championships have been played here, including the Latin American PGA Tour, the Armando Payana Cup, the South American Youth Championship, and the fourth Latin American Senior Amateur Golf Championship. There is also a 9-hole executive course.

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It is a course with constant warm weather and stiff winds. Thanks to its geographical location and topography, it is one of the most challenging courses in the country. The design is not typical for Colombia in that it is located at the top of a mountain with very rocky terrain and significant depressions, surrounded by sheer mountainsides.

The lack of trees is another feature that removes from the course the perception of depth, thus making it difficult to calculate distances.

The hazards although quite obvious, ensure that you must play with precision.

Settled amidst the stunning scenery of Colombia’s eastern Andes, Ruitoque Golf and Country Club stands as a premier golfing destination, offering an unforgettable experience for both seasoned players and novice enthusiasts. The course, designed by renowned golf architect Jack Nicklaus, has hosted numerous prestigious tournaments and attracts golfers from around the world.

A championship challenge in a stunning setting

Ruitoque Golf and Country Club stretches across 6,601 yards, offering a par 71 layout that challenges even the most experienced golfers. The course winds through rolling hills, thick woods and picturesque lakes, providing a scenic backdrop for every shot. Strategically placed water hazards, bunkers and undulating fairways demand precision, strategic shot selection and a good understanding of wind conditions.

Signature Holes: Tests of Skill and Strategy

Three holes stand out as memorable highlights of Ruitoque:

  • Hole 1 is a par 5 dogleg left, demanding a precise tee shot to avoid a water hazard and a well-placed approach shot to a green protected by bunkers.
  • Hole 5, a par 3, features a dramatic tee shot over a small water feature to a curved green. 
  • Hole 16, a challenging par 4 requires a strategic approach to avoid a water hazard and bunkers guarding the green, making it a thrilling climax to the back nine.

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Pleasant Climate and Panoramic Views

The city of Bucaramanga enjoys a temperate climate year-round, with warm days and cool nights. Ruitoque‘s altitude of 1,200m/3,937 feet brings a refreshing change from the tropical heat of Colombia’s lowlands, making it an ideal destination for golfers seeking a comfortable climate.
From the course, stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys provide a picturesque setting for your golfing adventure.

The clubhouse amenities at Ruitoque Golf and Country Club are designed to enhance the overall experience for members and visitors. The clubhouse itself is a stylish and comfortable space, providing a welcoming environment for golfers to unwind before or after their rounds.

The club also offers dining options, pro shops and practice facilities, ensuring that guests have access to everything they need for a complete and enjoyable golfing experience.

Beyond the golf course, Ruitoque is part of a larger community that celebrates outdoor living.

Residents and visitors alike can explore walking trails, enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding areas and partake in various recreational activities. This holistic approach to lifestyle and leisure further enriches the overall experience at Ruitoque Golf and Country Club.

In conclusion, Ruitoque outside Bucaramanga, stands as a beacon to the harmonious blend of challenging golf and natural splendour. From its strategic course design and signature holes to its well-appointed clubhouse amenities, every aspect of Ruitoque contributes to an exceptional golfing experience. Whether you are a seasoned player seeking a new challenge or a beginner looking to enjoy yourself in the sport amid breathtaking scenery, Ruitoque Golf and Country Club delivers a golfing adventure that is both exhilarating and visually stunning.

Web page:
Location: Km. 7 vía Bucaramanga – Piedecuesta, Santander
Tel.  +57 7 678 2793
Altitude: 1330m/4363 ft
Average temperature: 2028c/68 82f
Time to the city centre: 30 minutes by car
Hotel on site: Yes -Cabins
Restaurant on site: Yes
Caddie/cart: caddie mandatory on some courses, a cart is available
Other amenities: Gym, tennis, volleyball, squash, basketball, semi-Olympic swimming pool, children’s nursery, billiards and event halls.

Bucaramanga Country Club

The Bucaramanga Country Club is finely positioned in a valley between the Bucaramanga and the Ruitoque plateaus. It is distinguished by its sports, recreational facilities and gastronomy, along with excellent accommodation.

Let Bnb Colombia Tours arrange for you to play on one of the best golf courses in Colombia, the 7,246-yard, 18-hole par 72 was designed by Mahanann & Saenz. This a demanding scenario that balances undulating fairways and greens protected by lakes, bunkers and trees. Accept the challenge of the emblematic 16th hole and enjoy the El Kiosko restaurant alongside the 10th hole tee.

This 18-hole course adapts to the long or short game and has classes that are offered by professionals certified by the Colombian Golf Federation. Several major tournaments have been played here. 

The design of the course respects the topography of the terrain, which is partly undulating with trees of great size and antiquity. Balls that inadvertently enter the trees find themselves easily diverted. The course combines undulating fairways with greens protected by water, bunkers, and deciduous vegetation.

Take note that the fairways and greens are generally hard and fast, so they create rebounds and runoffs. The most challenging hole is the fourth, a 589-yard par 5, as it doglegs both at the exit and the entrance with obstacles all around.

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Clubhouse Amenities: A Welcoming Retreat

After conquering the course, golfers can unwind at Bucaramanga Country Golf Club‘s elegant clubhouse. The clubhouse features a delightful restaurant serving traditional Colombian and International cuisine and a charming bar.

A pro shop stocked with all the latest golfing gear and a relaxing lounge area to enjoy post-round esprit de corps. The clubhouse also provides a swimming pool and tennis courts, providing further opportunities for relaxation and enjoyment.

Bucaramanga Country Golf Club is renowned for its warm hospitality and deep connection to the local community. The club’s members and staff are dedicated to creating a welcoming atmosphere where golfers of all levels feel welcome and enjoy a memorable golfing experience.

Should you be a seasoned golfer seeking a classic challenge or a novice player looking to refine your skills, Bucaramanga Country Golf Club promises an unforgettable experience. With its challenging course, impeccable facilities, and warm hospitality, Bucaramanga is a must-visit destination for any golfer seeking a truly exceptional golfing adventure in Colombia’s heartland.

Web page:
Location: Carrera 21 #30 – 02 Cañaveral, Área Metropolitana de Bucaramanga
Tel. +57 7 680 3030
Altitude: 960m/3149 ft
Average temperature: 21-28c/69/82f
Time to the city centre: twenty five minutes by car
Hotel on site: Yes
Restaurant on site: Restaurants, cafes, ice cream shop and bar
Other amenities: Sports shop, spa and wellness centre, swimming pool, beauty salon and barbershop, squash, swimming, football, skating, and event halls.

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